Russia Considers New Domain-Blocking Censorship Rules

by Tracy Knauer •

Russian government authorities may soon increase their ability to censor online content by blocking registration of websites on certain top-level domains, which could pose challenges even for people who use anti-censorship services to access blocked sites. Roscomnadzor, the agency that regulates media and Internet content in Russia, already has the authority to block entire websites, as well as specific URLs, …

DOPPA Law Aims to Protect Online Privacy in Delaware

by Tracy Knauer •

Delaware will become one of the first states in the U.S. to enforce strong online privacy policies through a new law called DOPPA, which takes effect on January 1, 2016. DOPPA, which is short for the Delaware Online Privacy and Protection Act, has three main purposes: Preventing marketing of specific types of online content to anyone under the age of …

British Draft Law Threatens Data Encryption and Privacy

by Tracy Knauer •

Britain — the country that made path-breaking advances in data encryption during World War II — could weaken modern Internet encryption within its own borders as part of a new Internet data regulation bill that is currently under consideration. The legislation, the Draft Communications Data Bill, doesn’t focus on data encryption exclusively. It is a general proposal that would provide …

China Steps Up Censorship of Private Mobile Apps and VPNs

by Tracy Knauer •

China has cracked down on mobile communications by censoring private chat apps like Telegram and WhatsApp, apparently on the basis of claims that they could facilitate communication by terrorists. The New York Times reports that Chinese authorities in the western region of Xinjiang blocked access to foreign anti-censorship software beginning the week after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. …